A council tasked with providing advice to government on Tasmania's recovery from COVID-19 is expected to provide its first report outlining immediate initiatives in June.
Premier Peter Gutwein joined the Premier's Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council for its meeting on Monday to discuss the steps the state was taking toward economic recovery and rebuilding.
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Mr Gutwein said this pathway would be developed in consultation with Tasmanians, with the council to undertake a three-stage consultation process.
"This will include initial targeted consultation with government agencies, existing recovery networks, and peak bodies as part of Stage One, followed by extended consultation with the Tasmanian community in Stage Two," Mr Gutwein said.
"I expect to receive the council's Stage One report at the end of June 2020, which will include high level immediate initiatives and responses that we can put in place reasonably quickly, and well before the budget in November, to ensure our economic and social recovery is progressed swiftly."
Braddon Labor MHA Shane Broad said the council must have a strong focus on the North-West.
"The North-West outbreak and associated extended lockdown period means the impacts of COVID-19 have been deeper and will be felt for longer than in other parts of the state," Dr Broad said.
"We know the North-West region will be vulnerable in recovery because of our demographics, our high exposure to global markets and the lower level of economic growth in recent years, compared to other parts of the state.
"That's why it will be important to supercharge investment in critical regional infrastructure, to stimulate the economy and rebuild confidence."
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Dr Broad called for priorities to be guided by locals, not by the Department of Treasury of Finance.
"Many regional authorities have already done great work in this space, including the Cradle Coast Authority, local chambers of commerce and regional tourism leaders," he said.
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said she hoped the council would deliver more green skills and jobs and a housing-led recovery.
"We've got the opportunity now, presented by crisis, to reshape Tasmania for the better, fairer and greener, a place where young people have real hope for the future," Ms O'Connor said.
"Tasmania needs more green jobs, government investment in green skills in engineering, design and construction, real climate action underpinned by forest and landscape restoration as well as sustainable agriculture and on-farm renewables.
"The worst of all outcomes is that the direction is set early for more roads, more forest destruction and environmental damage, and more raging social inequality."
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